1. National Theatre Collection
  2. The Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy on Screen
  3. The Classic Spring Oscar Wilde Collection
  4. The RSC Live Collection

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Playtexts

Core Collection

Nearly 1,700 plays from Bloomsbury, including Methuen Drama, and Arden Shakespeare, and Faber & Faber, plus production stills from the Victoria and Albert Museum and the American Shakespeare Center

Aurora Metro Books

Over 125 plays and non-fiction books on theatre from Aurora Metro Books, including wide-ranging and highly contemporary new drama with a focus on women’s drama, international drama and drama by black and Asian writers

Nick Hern Books Modern Plays

Over 570 plays from a specialist theatre publisher Nick Hern Books featuring pre-eminent playwrights including Howard Brenton, Jez Butterworth, and Caryl Churchill

Playwrights Canada Press

Over 175 plays from notable and award-winning authors including Daniel MacIvor and Hannah Moscovitch



Audio

L.A. Theatre Works

400 important dramatic works in streaming audio from the curated archive of the US’s premiere radio theatre company. The plays include some of the most significant dramatic literature of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries and are performed by leading actors from around the world including Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Martin Sheen, Helen Hunt, John Goodman and hundreds of others



Video

BBC Drama Films & Documentaries

Stunning film adaptations of core curriculum plays from Sophocles to Oscar Wilde, alongside modern classics such as Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen

The Classic Spring Oscar Wilde Collection

Films of live performances of 4 classic plays by Oscar Wilde with star-studded casts from London's West End

The Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy on Screen

Harriet Walter leads an all female cast in these 3 productions set in a women's prison

The Hollow Crown

Shakespeare’s history plays featuring a star-studded cast including Benedict Cumberbatch, David Tennant, Judi Dench, Hugh Bonneville, and Tom Hiddleston

Maxine Peake as Hamlet

A landmark reinvention of Shakespeare’s Hamlet with Maxine Peake in the title role

National Theatre Collection

Drawing on 10 years of NT Live broadcasts, alongside high-quality recordings never previously seen outside of the NT’s Archive, this collection launched with 19 films and will grow to 30 by March 2020

The RSC Live Collection

RSC Live 1 (2013-17)

17 films of live productions from the Royal Shakespeare Company from 2013 to the cutting-edge 2016-17 production of The Tempest starring Simon Russell Beale

RSC Live 2 (2018-19)

8 films of live productions from the Royal Shakespeare Company from 2018 and 2019, including Twelfth Night starring comedy icon Adrian Edmondson

Shakespeare's Globe on Screen 1 (2008-2015)

21 films recorded live on the Globe stage from leading actors including Mark Rylance, Stephen Fry, and Roger Allam’s Olivier Award-winning Falstaff in Henry IV

Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen 2 (2016-2018)

Features 9 landmark productions from the Globe Theatre’s most recent seasons, including the first production from the indoor Jacobean theatre, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in 2014

Shakespeare’s Heroes and Villains: Steven Berkoff

A 90 minute masterclass from Steven Berkoff, world-renowned writer, director, and actor

Shakespeare in the Present

A six hour acting masterclass with international coach Patsy Rodenburg, starring Joseph Fiennes

Stage on Screen

Critically acclaimed stage productions of four key set drama and literature texts: The Duchess of Malfi, Doctor Faustus, The School for Scandal, and Volpone



Critical Studies and Performance Practice

Context & Criticism

The Arden Shakespeare Studies Archive provides historical, critical, and theoretical background to Shakespeare’s work and the Bloomsbury Methuen Drama Theatre Studies Archive offers companions to theatrical movements, theatre histories, geographies, playwrights, and research into applied theatre

Theatre Craft

Over 100 books on acting methods with practical instruction on performance and stagecraft, as well as the PATAZ: Physical Actor Training – an online A-Z video series

News and Updates

Featured Content: 
Modern and Contemporary Female Playwrights – a brief history

The post-war era is full of playwrights transforming the stage and ensuring theatre’s importance and relevance to contemporary audiences. Rarely, however, do we see the name of a female playwright written into the ‘canon’. Read a brief tour highlighting just some of the many female playwrights of the past 70 years


This new introduction, exclusive to Drama Online, is free to view along with 13 linked plays, until the end of 2019.



August 2019: Announcing the National Theatre Collection publishing September

Drawing on 10 years of NT Live broadcasts, this collection launches with 19 titles.

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July 2019: Announcing The Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy on Screen

Harriet Walter leads an all female cast in these 3 productions set in a women's prison


July 2019: Announcing The Classic Spring Oscar Wilde Collection

4 classic plays performed by star-studded casts from London's West End


June 2019: Announcing RSC Live Collection 2 (2018-2019)

Twelfth Night is now available, the first of 8 plays in this new collection.

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May 2019: Featured Content: 
Plays and Playwrights from Around the World

View thought-provoking plays from 5 continents in our new selection of Drama Online featured content. 



October 2018: Focus on playwrights   
Playwright Christopher Shinn shares his process for writing, which is guided by feeling and adventure.

Writer Hannah Khalil explores where ideas come from, welcome and otherwise.


July 2018: PATAZ: Physical Actor Training - an online A-Z  

Discover a new video series on Drama Online. 

PATAZ: Physical Actor Training - an online A-Z establishes a foundation for physical training exercises through over 60 dynamic videos with accompanying audio commentary, reflection, and texts. See a sneak peek with AwarenessBreath, the Fundamentals, and Stillness

Read PATAZ trainer Frank Camilleri's article on how physical acting can overcome and shed new light on language barriers and cultural difference, and actor trainer Paul Allain and actor Olaf Leiros on their 10 lessons learned from PATAZ

Discover what happens when actor meets camera in an interview between PATAZ filmmaker Stacie Lee Bennett and PATAZ trainer Mara Morgantti-Minchillo.


June 2018: L.A. Theatre Works

Discover the story behind the L.A. Theatre Works celebrated tour of Katori Hall's The Mountaintop

Learn more about what is the purpose of audio plays?  from our partner L.A. Theatre Works. 

May 2018: Playwrights Canada Press recommends four great very Canadian plays and four important Indigenous Canadian plays you need to read

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April 2018: Celebrating 5 years of Drama Online

Read more about our history and how we went from 500 plays to 2,300 plays, plus video and audio content in five years.

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March 2018: Announcing the New Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen 2 (2016-2018)

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March 2018: Announcing the New Shakespeare’s Heroes and Villains: Steven Berkoff

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February 2018: An Inside Look into the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse with Shakespeare’s Globe

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December 2017: Announcing the new RSC Live Collection!

13 films of live productions from the Royal Shakespeare Company, available for trial and subscription starting December 11.

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December 2017: New promotional materials available for the RSC Live Collection.

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October 2017: Critical Studies and Performance Practice Collection now available for trial and purchase.

Explore Theatre Craft.
Explore Context & Criticism.

March 2017: Playwrights Canada Press Collection is now available for trial and purchase.

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March 2017: Aurora Metro Books Collection is now available for trial and purchase.

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